Southeast China has always been outward-looking. Many of China's mariners and traders have come from this region and most overseas Chinese can trace their ancestry to the Southeast.
Popular destinations: Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai
Northeast China. In ancient times, this was an area of steppes and fierce nomadic tribes, outside the Great Wall built to protect China from those tribes.
Popular destinations: Dalian, Harbin and Shenyang
North West China was historically a border region with the beginning of the ancient Silk Road, much desert terrain, and mainly Muslim inhabitants including some nomads and rather fierce tribal groups.
Popular destinations: Xi'an, Urumqi and Kashgar